The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture

The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture

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By (author) Peter Garnsey, By (author) Richard P. Saller

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1987
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520060679
  • ISBN 13: 9780520060678
  • Sales rank: 355,057

Product description

During the first, stable period of the Principate (roughly from 27 BC to AD 235), when the empire reached its maximum extent, Roman society and culture were radically transformed. But how was the vast territory of the empire controlled? Did the demands of central government stimulate economic growth, or endanger survival? What forces of cohesion operated to balance the social and economic inequalities and high mortality rates? Why did Roman governments freeze the official religion while allowing the diffusion of alien, especially oriental, cults? Are we to see in their attitude to Christianity a policy of toleration - or simply confusion and a failure of nerve? These are some of the many questions posed in this book, which offers the first overall account of the society, economy and culture of the Roman empire.Addressed to non-specialist readers no less than to scholars, it breaks with the traditional historian's preoccupation with narrative and politics. As an integrated study of the life and outlook of the ordinary inhabitants of the Roman world, it deepens our understanding of the underlying factors in this important formative period of world history.

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Author information

Peter Garnsey is a Fellow fo the Jesus College, Cambridge. Richard Saller is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of History at the University of Chicago.

Table of contents

Abbreviations Map Introduction Part I 1. A Mediterranean Empire 2. Government without Bureaucracy Part II 3. An Underdeveloped Economy 4. The Land 5. Supplying the Roman Empire Part III 6. The Social Hierarchy 7. Family and Household 8. Social Relations Part IV 9. Religion 10. Culture Conclusion Bibliography List of Emperors Index